Communications Studies

Communication Studies is an academic discipline that deals with processes of human communication. It describes, explains, and depicts the various elements that influence communication such as age, gender, culture, settings, and circumstance. Courses in Communication Studies challenge students, broaden their views, and help themdevelop increased skill and awareness of communication practices. The primary role of Communication Studies is to help students acquire the communication skills that will equip them to live and work effectively, creatively, and responsibly in a variety of social contexts and in a variety of relationships.

Program Emphasis

The curriculum focuses on preparing students with basic concepts in Speech Communication, which provides the foundation pursuing a baccalaureate degree. Courses will also satisfy requirements for general education at both the two and four-year institutions. Students planning to major in a communications field should prepare themselves with courses that complement that major.

Career/Transfer Options

Common university majors related to the field of Communication Studies include:

  • Communication Studies
  • Communication
  • Communicative Disorders
  • Digital Journalism
  • Graphic Communications
  • Health Communication
  • Human Communication
  • Journalism, Marketing
  • Mass Communications
  • Mass Media
  • Organizational Communication
  • Public Relations
  • Speech Communication

Students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university in this discipline should consult with a counselor or visit the Transfer Center to determine the appropriate major preparation courses for their specific transfer institution and major. More information on transfer programs and procedures is available in the Transfer Guide section of the catalog.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the Communication Studies Program will be able to:

  • Apply appropriate communication skills across settings, purposes, and audiences.
  • Practice critical thinking to develop innovative and well-founded perspectives related to the communicated message.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively deliver formal and informal oral presentations to a variety of audiences in multiple contexts.
  • Demonstrate the ability to construct effective written messages in various formats and styles to a variety of audiences

Students will be assessed through a combination of performance evaluations, written assignments, and written tests and quizzes.

Catalog Pages

309 (COMS), 376 (JOUR)

Degrees & Certificates

AA Degree AA or AS for Transfer AS Degree Certificate of Achievement Certificate of Performance Catalog Pages
        309 (COMS), 376 (JOUR)

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